Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2007

Soldotnan's song helps troops

Soldotna singer-songwriter Bonnie Nichols is featured in an All-American show of support where bands and singer-songwriters from across America have donated songs representing each of the 50 states.

Nichols song, "Superhuman Kind of Love" from her latest CD release titled "I've Got Something to Say," was selected for the boxed set that includes three CDs, a poster featuring each artist and the state they are representing, an introduction by John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting and a photo directory of all bands submitting songs.

Members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Reserves all benefit from this project.

Music For Troops has set a goal to send 20,000 copies totaling a million songs of the "All States All Stars" boxed set to men and women serving in the armed forces. It is a nonprofit member of the Department of Defense "America Supports You." All proceeds go toward sending the gift of music to troops.

Watercolor workshop set

Nationally known artist Charlen Jeffery Satrom will give a five-day watercolor workshop July 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2 and 3 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. Students will paint two paintings on Alaska themes. Class is limited to 12 students.

For more information, call 262-4590.

Gallery hosts summer artists

Fireweed Gallery is hosting meet-the-artist sessions this summer at its gallery in Homer. Artists will be available in July and August to exhibit and talk about their work.

Demonstrations and workshops are scheduled, with demonstrations at the gallery and workshops at the Homer Council on the Arts.

For a list of times and artists scheduled, contact Fireweed Gallery at (907) 235-3411.

Writing workshop planned

The Alaska Writers Guild will hold a writing workshop Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at the Loussac Library in Anchorage. It will feature full-time professionals in each of the required steps to become a published author. Presenters are James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom, authors; Renni Browne, editor; Jeff Herman and Deborah Herman, agents; Rudy Shur, publisher; and John Kremer, marketing.

For more information or to register, visit

The next meeting of the Alaska Writers Guild will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor conference room at the library.

Council offers art fellowship

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is accepting applications for the 2007 Connie Boochever Fellowship in visual arts. The $2,500 fellowship is for emerging artists pursuing an art form on an ongoing basis. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

For more information on either opportunity, visit the council Web site at, or call (888)278-7424.

Kids' reading program ongoing

Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna is hosting the Frequent Reading Program. Kids may sign up at the bookstore, pick out one free book, a reading calendar and program rules. Kids are encouraged to read a book, bring their calendar to the bookstore, get it punched and pick up another free book.

Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call Rosie Reeder at 262-2908.

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